Book Bizzo #20 Bits ‘n’ pieces here and there

Through The Clock's Workings (Anthology)
Through The Clock's Workings (Anthology)

Tempted All Night giveaway winner: SonomaLass

The winner of our first book giveaway is SonomaLass, whose biggest temptation is

…just one more chapter in a great book. Late at night, when I know I should be getting to bed because I have to work in the morning….

SonomaLass, I’ve sent you an email, but in case you don’t get it, please email me your address. Thanks to everyone who entered! It was fun judging this one, and the results were very close.

Remix My Lit Anthology

Through the Clock’s Workings, the world first remixed and remixable anthology of literature, is now available:

So how do you use a remixable anthology? Simple.

Step 1 – Read. Thumb your way through the pages at will. Find the stories you love, the ones you hate, the ones that could be better.

Step 2 – Re/create. Each story is yours to share and to remix. Use only one paragraph or character or just make subtle changes. Change the genre, alter its formal or stylistic characteristics, or revise its message. Use as little or as much as you like – as long as it works.

Step 3 – Share. Be part of a growing community of literature remixing. Post your remixes to the Remix My Lit website,, and start sharing. The entire anthology can be remixed – the original stories, the remixes, and even the fonts.

You can buy the anthology direct from the publisher, Sydney University Press, or download the ebook from Remix My Lit (PDF).  (Via LiteraryMinded)
Branded by Fire by Nalini Singh

Coming soon

Nalini Singh has posted an excerpt from Branded By Fire, due for release in July. I can’t say it often enough: I WANT THIS BOOK!

Discounts, contests and freebies

  • Get Hooked – Buy the first book in any of the 15 series listed on the website and Random House Australia will give you the second book free – Ends 30/6
  • Free shipping when you spend more than $50 and pay via PayPal at Booktopia – Ends 30/6
  • Win a stack of new releases from Blaze over at the Blaze authors’ blog
  • Haiku comp at Literary Minded – Ends 6/6
  • Win a $1000 worth of books by submitting a new name for Avon Romance’s Confetti community – Ends 29/6
  • Abbey’s yearly book sale starts June 20 and ends June 28 – Click here for details (PDF)
  • Dorchester and TextNovel are running a contest to discover the “New Voice in Romance” – For readers, it’s a chance to check out some new writers and vote for the stories you like best!

Online book buzz

Aussie author Amarinda Jones was interviewed on Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.

Look! My library was featured in an SMH article, Book now: libraries are top shelf in family attractions. The use of public libraries has increased by 10% this year, and the article talks about multimedia resources in libraries and the lack of Federal government funding. I’m so glad my local council supports its libraries. Also that they have such excellent librarians! :-D

Sarah at Monkey Bear Reviews interviewed Brian O’Leary of Magellan Media regarding the impact of piracy on book sales. It’s an excellent discussion that provides much food for thought and some limited quantitative findings.

Still on piracy, Jane at Dear Author proposes some ways to combat piracy from a reader’s point of view. In essence: make books accessible and affordable, and make it easier to get them legitimately than through piracy.

On a much lighter note, Love Passion Romance wants to resolve the most burning question in paranormal romance: vampires or werewolves? Go and vote. It’s not everyday you’re asked to choose between necrophilia and bestiality. *g*

Bookstore bizzo

Congratulations to Galaxy Bookshop for winning the NSW Specialist Bookseller of the Year award for the second year in a row.

The finalists for the 2009 Australian Book Industry Awards have been announced, and Readings has the list up on its website. The independent bookseller finalists are:

  • NSW/ACT – Gleebooks
  • Qld – Riverbend Books & Teahouse
  • SA/NT – Imprints Booksellers
  • Tas – Fullers Bookshop Hobart
  • VIC – Readings Books Music Film Carlton
  • WA – Bookcaffe

Booktopia now has a blog. There are only a couple of romance-related posts, one of which has a link to the New Moon trailer. The good thing about the blog is that it doesn’t read like a marketing brochure, and it even has some original interviews with authors.

The digital future

On Twitter, Bebook gives us a sneak peek at the live connectivity capability of its upcoming release, Bebook2. The more I see of BeBook, the more I want one!

And speaking of BeBook, Berkelouw is now an official reseller for the device, and lists the BeBook for $549. I found this out via Gizmondo, although from the article you’d think Australians had never heard of ebook readers let alone the BeBook before.

Clive Thompson on The Future of Reading in a Digital World makes a very interesting proposition: “We need to stop thinking about the future of publishing and think instead about the future of reading.”

Jane at Dear Author proposes a future scenario in which digital rights are segmented by language rather than geographic location. In my post about parallel importation last week I talked a bit about digital rights and distribution territories and my belief that ebook rights shouldn’t be limited by geographic location—on that Jane and I agree. However, I have concerns about an English-language rights “territory” because there’s a good chance it’ll be dominated by the US market. As I commented on Dear Author:

One important (to me) problem I see with the system Jane proposes is that it’s likely to result in US publishers owning most English language digital copyrights. That kind of sucks for me. It would suck not to be able to get an ebook of an Australian book with its Aussie spelling and colloquialisms. I can see that kind of system cannibalising digital books from smaller English-speaking countries. (Although, hmm, ebook readers might be able to do the simple “translations” in spelling. I’m thinking out loud here.)

Even if I were to assume that US publishers wouldn’t dominate the digital market, Jane’s post assumes that the global market for a digital book is segmented only by language. My (admittedly very limited) understanding is that it’s not…. I’m pretty sure I’ve heard Australian authors talk about having to change some parts of their books for release overseas. How much of that will we lose if all English copies of a digital book were owned by one publisher?

Ideally, what I’d like to see is more variety in digital books, not less, to cater to local language varieties. What I’d like to see is for publishers to buy only those rights they intend to use immediately, rather than the option to license additional rights. I’d prefer that authors have a better understanding of who owns the rights to their works, and greater control over what is done to the work, where, and when.

I’d be interested to know what non-US readers think.

And other random stuff…

Neil Gaiman blogs about the importance for authors of leaving a will that makes provisions for their literary estate. You can probably apply it to any kind of creative legacy, too. I’m thinking even blogs!

Save the date

8/7-12/7 — ASAL Common Readers and Cultural Critics at ANU/NLA
7-9/8 — Byron Bay Writers Festival
13-14/8 — Popular Romance Studies: An International Conference in Brisbane
14-16/8 — RWA National Conference at Sebel and Citigate Hotel in Brisbane
2-6/10 — National Young Writers’ Festival in Newcastle

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